From the cellar: Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008 – $$$
Daylight Saving has finished. The nights are starting to creep closer to the day. I raided the pool room for wine to go with LGs favourite meal – meat pie!
It was a good season according to the producer’s website. Fruit was supplied from their Bannockburn and Lowburn vineyards in April. A combination of wild and commercial yeasts was used during fermentation, with malolactic fermentation to finish. The wine was then racked in 30% new French oak barriques until the following spring.
What a delight this is. Colour is pinot carmine. Intense florals, violets and savoury characters at back. I taste rich juicy red fruits, sweet preserved plums, toffee, vanilla; the oaking is sensitive; the tannins are fine and balanced with a bit of grip showing with food, it’s silky, lovely and long. I timed this baby just right.
This is why I love New Zealand wine! Too bad the bottle’s gonna end..
Gold medals, and 5-stars from Decanter for this model. My wine of autumn so far.